VW premieres 'Park Assist Vision'
Dubai, June 15, 2008
Volkswagen unveiled its latest development Park Assist Vision (PAV), a technology which enables the smooth parking of the car in any kind of spot - parallel or perpendicular - without a driver in the car (all with the help of a remote control).
Having already launched a semi-automatic park-steering system, the 'Park Assist', in its Touran, Tiguan, Passat and Passat estate to help drivers parallel park, Volkswagen presented the concept system which is capable of perpendicular parking – and of doing so fully automatically.
The “Park Assist Vision” is a system with the ability to guide a vehicle with absolute precision into a perpendicular parking space, i.e. the kind available on parking lots and in underground car parks, said a VW official.
These parking spaces are often too narrow to allow drivers and passengers to get in and out of the car comfortably. In the not too distant future, “Park Assist Vision” will put an end to that, Hans-Dieter Keller, managing director of Volkswagen Middle East, explained.
“Park Assist Vision demonstrates the Volkswagen innovation and leadership in transforming thoughts to reality while considering the needs and expectations of our customers. We seek to offer our clientele the most advanced technologies to facilitate their driving comfort as well as providing them an added value of owning a Volkswagen.”
'The only thing the driver needs to do is select an available space on the monitor of the navigation system, set the selection lever of the automatic-drive vehicle (DSG) to 'P' and alight from the car. The driver can, of course, choose to stay in the vehicle until the vehicle has been manoeuvred into its space,' Keller added.
Two cameras located in the left and right exterior mirrors are responsible for gauging the dimensions of the parking space. The video signals are transmitted to a 2-GHz high-performance computer which then analyses them and sends commands to the steering and drive systems, he explained.
If the driver has himself initiated the parking manoeuvre, the 'Park Assist Vision' will reverse the vehicle into the parking space in accordance with the previously computed course and using electromechanical power steering, the electronic parking brake, DSG and the engine power produced by the idling mixture.
Two additional cameras at the front and rear of the vehicle as well as the system’s ultrasound sensors monitor the operation and will stop the vehicle if necessary. The driver may also interrupt the manoeuvre at any time using the remote control.
This new driver assistance system is still in the trial phase of development, and a date has not yet been set for introduction of the system to series production, Keller added.-TradeArabia News Service